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Roberto Di Matteo is attracting a lot of Premier League attention giving the successfull start to his managerial career first at MK Dons and now having taken West Brom to the top of the Championship. Phil Brown at Hull must be looking rather uneasily over his shoulder.

Meanwhile down at the bottom, despite managing only 1 win in 17 matches this season early promotion favourites Ipswich are rubbishing reports that Roy Keane has been sacked.

Who will be next to go then in the cutthroat, ever changing Championship managerial roles  ???  ???

--- Quote ---Only a season-and-a-half into his managerial career, the former MK Dons boss is showing the tactical acumen, motivational power and composure that impresses Premier League chairmen.

The fact that he also appears to take a realistic view of financial matters will add to that appeal. 'I want to keep improving the squad but I also have a duty to add value to the club rather than cause financial difficulty,' he said.

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--- Quote ---Ipswich reject Keane rumours
Championship strugglers say Irishman is not about to be sacked
Last updated: 23rd November 2009   
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Championship strugglers Ipswich Town have dismissed reports that Roy Keane is on the brink of being sacked as manager.

Speculation had claimed that Keane had met with Town chairman Marcus Evans and chief executive Simon Clegg over the weekend to discuss his future.

There were suggestions the meeting would result in the Irishman's dismissal, but Ipswich insist Keane remains in charge at Portman Road.

A club spokesman said: "Reports in the press this morning that Roy will be sacked are complete rubbish.

"There were no meetings over the weekend and Roy remains in charge."

Killer instinct
Keane has overseen just one win in 17 Championship matches this season as Ipswich sit second bottom in the table, four points adrift of safety.

A lack of goals has hindered Town's efforts this season and Keane outlined his determination to bring in a proven striker after Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

He said: "We are looking a bit more solid at the back, but we're obviously not scoring enough.

"You just need someone to have that killer instinct and put the ball in the back of the net. We're lacking that at the moment.

"If you're going to achieve anything as a team, you need one or two of your strikers to put the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis."

Ipswich travel to fifth-placed Cardiff City for their next Championship encounter, with both teams having lost six times this season.

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